As we all know today marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. We all know what happened that day so I will not go into the details of the events of that sad day. But feel free to post what you were doing that morning. I was working 3rd shift at that time, and I had already gone to bed so I missed seeing the events as they happened live on TV. My wife was at work and my kids were in school and back then I don’t recall if we had cell phones. Anyway, my wife called me but I did not hear the phone ring at first, but she call several times and I finally did hear the phone ring. She knew I was sleeping so she just told that something really bad was happing in New York. For the next several days most of us spent many hours watching TV the cable news channels where going 24hrs a day.
The weather in New York that day was sunny and rather warm 81 at Central Park. Here in Grand Rapids it was clear with a high of 73 and a low of 50.
The other day it was mentioned by one of our posters of the number of days Grand Rapids reaches 70 or better and how few (by the posters claims) of the number of days that stay below 40 (Note those are the temperatures that the poster used). While the number of days that the poster stated for Grand Rapids are in the correct range of around 132 for at or above 70 and around 95 for the number of days that if stays below 40. But if fact that is will within range of locations in the interior of the US that are near 43° north and have nothing to do with how long or short our winter or summers are. It should be noted that day with a high of 40 to 50 while not real cold it is none the less not warm either Now comes the question of just what is cool and then cold for humans? I would think that the vast majority of people will keep their house well above that 40° mark and it would be closer to 65 to 75. I would like to also point out that here at Grand Rapids we average around 135 nights when the temperature drops to 32 and below. So the bottom line is do we have long summers and short winters? Well, we have around 90 days of summer and around 90 days of winter and 180 days of in between.
In regards of winter the Old Farmer’s Almanac is now out and they are calling for a Drum Roll please….A colder and dryer winter in the lower Great Lakes area. With a cold November thru January and then warming up in February. They do not give snowfall guesses. Here once again is the CPC’s long range guess for the winter season